French Foreign Trade Advisors Meeting at the Embassy (Oct. 11th, 2016)
The Ambassador took part to a meeting of the French Foreign Trade Advisors (CCE) in Cameroon on October 11th, 2016, under the presidency of Marie-Andrée Ngwé. The Ambassador told the audience of his perception of the political situation in Cameroon after three weeks of being here.
The French Embassy’s Regional Economic Service presented the macroeconomic and financial situation of Cameroon in the economic crisis context through which the Economic Community of Central African States (CEMAC) is currently going. Each of the CCEFs then highlighted their own assessment of the context through their company’s activity and the issues it is facing.
The meeting was followed by lunch at the Residence of France, where Marie-Andrée Ngwé gave a rundown on her participation to the French Foreign Trade Advisors’ World Forum on October 6th and 7th, 2016, at Deauville, France.
Present in 146 countries, CCEs form an active network of over 4,000 members at the service of French companies around the world.
Selected for their competence and their international experience, the ’Conseillers du Commerce extérieur de la France’ (CCE - French Foreign Trade Advisor) are appointed for three years through a prime ministerial decree, on the recommendations of the Minister for Foreign Trade. For more than 115 years, on a voluntary basis, they have been placing their experience at the service of France’s economic presence around the world.
CCEs in France
1,400 CCEs, specialists in international trade, established in every region in France
As directors of export companies and executives at large companies, they place their practical knowledge of international markets at the service of SMEs (guidance when required, networking, longer-term projects, launch of events organised by the CCEs, etc.) and young people (cf. training roles). They have a special working relationship with local and consular authorities and with professional bodies (DGT, Business France, chambers of commerce, Medef International, Coface, Bpifrance, etc.) which promote foreign trade and the appeal of France.
CCEs around the world
2,800 CCEs, expatriates, executives and company directors, established in 146 countries
They have daily experience of dealing with the opportunities and risks of the world’s markets and they have extensive, hands-on, concrete and very practical information to share. CCEs organise regional colloquiums, conferences and symposiums, normally in partnership with the main institutional stakeholders (regional economic services, Business France, French chambers of commerce abroad, economic advisory units within embassies, etc.) These exchanges enable CCEs and economic decision-makers (French and international) to compare and share their experiences and their analyses. They work to enhance the profile of France and to promote its appeal.
An open network
The CCE network also seeks to draw on the skills of both European and non-European company directors as well as experts operating outside the world of business, teachers, opinion leaders and NGO managers (as ’complementary members’ or ’partner figures’).